Lindbergh swimmers cap perfect season with SPSL title

The Renton Indians finished fifth in the meet with 91 points.

The Lindbergh swim team poses after winning the SPSL title this past weekend.

The Lindbergh swim team completed their perfect season this past weekend with a nearly 100-point win at the South Puget Sound League Meet to earn a league championship, their first in the SPSL.

Lindbergh earned 367 points, easily beating second-place Steilacoom’s total of 268. Renton finished fifth in the meet with 91 points.

“The bus ride home was very jovial,” Coach Roger Miron said Monday.

Lindbergh swimmers placed in every event with several swimmers bringing home individual titles and medals.

Three Eagles swimmers brought home first place finishes this weekend. Junior Avery Knittle took the top spot in the 200-yard freestyle while her sister, freshman Rachel Knittle took first in the 100-yard freestyle. Freshman Parsin Lwai took first in the 100-yard backstroke.

In addition to her win in the freestyle, Avery Knittle also places second in the 100 free. Rachel Knittle also took home a second-place in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing just 0.3 seconds behind. Lwai also finished third in the 100-yard freestyle.

Other individual swimmers who placed for Lindbergh include freshman Emma Anderson, who finished third in the 200 individual medley and fourth in the 100-yard backstroke. Freshman Carley Andelin finished fifth in the 500-yard freestyle and seventh in the 200-yard freestyle.

Sophomore Aimee Tibbetts placed fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke and 11th in the 200 free. Freshman Izzy Goe placed fifth in the 200 IM and sixth in the 500 free. Freshman Madison Martz finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke and seventh in the 200 IM. Freshman Djenica Ortiz finished second in the 100 butterfly and third in the 100 backstroke and freshman Haley Johnson finished 12th in the 200 IM.

Both Lindbergh divers also placed with senior Taylor Jordan finishing fourth and sophomore Arianna Mauery finishing fifth.

Lindbergh relay teams also had fantastic days.In the 200-yard Medley relay, Lindbergh teams finished second, fifth and eighth. The 200-freestyle relay teams finished third and seventh and the 400-yard freestyle teams finished second and third.

Miron said many of his swimmers dropped their times during the district meet after several weeks of hard work at practice.

“We came in focused and determined,” he said. It was a fun time.”

The focus shifts now to districts this weekend. Lindbergh has 11 swimmers and divers competing this weekend.

Several Renton swimmers also brought home individual honors from this past weekend’s league meet.

Sophomore Naima Pai finished second in the 100 backstroke and third in the 200 free. Junior Kayla Honmyo finished seventh in the 50 free and seventh in the 100-yard freestyle. Junior Harley Rose finished 12th in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events. And senior Hannah Tunis finished ninth in the 500.

Renton relays finished sixth and ninth in the 200-yard freestyle relay and fifth in the 400-yard free relay.

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